“I praise you [, I Thank-you,] because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well… You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion, as I was woven together in the dark of the womb… Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”
Psalm 139:14-16 NIV & NLT
On every given day, inside of us, there is a constant battle; a struggle between flesh and spirit. A persistent war between our past, and future.
Our past experiences can cause us to create a persona for ourselves, that has nothing to do with our God-given identity. Often falsehood is created in survival; a way to withstand pain, hurt, and confusion. To help us wrap up, and suppress the wounds we feel. To dial-down our screams for help and healing. But, those survival mechanisms that we build, and sometimes, build themselves within us, and the false identity we’ve created, can not match the fervour of our God’s grace, mercy, and love to see them stricken from the inner workings of our mind, and washed away from the deep corners of our hearts.
God’s complex, vast identity is connected to ours; the Wonderful, and Worthy of our reverential fear, meets the broken, scarred, needy, and ill. The greatest love we will ever feel stooped down to lift our chin and whisper His truth to us. In a world that runs on self-sufficency, often the whispers of God go unnoticed… un-felt… unrealized.
It is only fitting, as His children, that we are fearfully and wonderfully made. But, what does that mean? The word “fearfully” means: reverence, respect, honour. Throughout Jesus’ life and ministry, we catch a glimpse of His respect for His Father’s Will, and His honour for the Good News; and we all know that Jesus was a full-circled, incarnate version of God Himself (“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”… I am in the Father and the Father is in me… The Father and I are one.” John 14:6, John 14:11, John 10:30). Jesus was God’s Word going forth into a broken society and lost world; He became incarnate, lowly of heart, humble in posture… He became like us. He came for freedom, new life, and saving grace. Not only that, He would endure a death that was both painful, and publicly humiliating; but, “…For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame… [for us, for God’s chosen people]” (Hebrews 12:2).